Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit – Breakside Brewery

From Breakside Brewery in Portland Oregon comes their “Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of gin, floral hops, citrus and wheat.  The flavour is of gin, citrus, floral hops, mild tart, botanicals, herbs, oak, vanilla, wheat and an almost candy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 25.  While this was an odd beer I enjoyed it to the fullest.  Some times weird mixes of flavours just work really well.

Commercial Description:  One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.

PANDAMONIUM The 11th Hour Anniversary Ale – Phillips Brewing

Produced only once in 2012!

From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC comes their one off beer “PANDAMONIUM The 11th Hour Anniversary Ale” a double IPA.  Being their 11th anniversary everything about this beer comes in 11’s.  Pandamonium pours a golden colour with a white head.  The beer smells of floral hops, citrus and pine with some sweetness hiding about as well.  The lasers blast any sweetness away though!  This beer is majorly hops forward with a shot of pine flavoring!  Hidden in behind all the hops there is some citrus hiding in there somewhere.  This beer sits at 11% alcohol and has an IBU of 111.  This is a slow sipping beer for me but it is super tasty.  “This beer has a fierce flavor.  To say it is bold would be like calling chrome yellow a pastel” (Carmen).

the bottle reads “Every 11 min. hops are added to a 111 min. boil for a total of 11 hops additions (Plus dry hopping of course).  Giant Mutant Pandas would want it this way.”

Look out for a Panda-zilla coming your way soon!  He has freaking lasers coming out of his eyes so take notice!

Tasting Suggestions from my Friend Carmen : Spicy Sausages, lamb kebabs grilled on the BBQ.  This needs a strong flavored meat otherwise it will absolutely dominate the meal.